Our First Wild Tiger!

Royal Bengal Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park

OK, so the photograph may not exactly be National Geographic material, but it represents A LOT of looking here at Bandhavgarh National Park, not to mention the fact that it is quite a challenge to shoot a photo from a moving elephant that is tip-toeing around a tiger.

I had envisioned my first tiger a little differently, perhaps ripping a deer limb from limb. But in reality, it was lying in the grass trying to avoid the heat. Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled to see one of the world’s rarest cats in the wild no matter what it was doing.

Actually, we were quite close to the male tiger. (Sighting a male was quite lucky as there are only two currently being spotted in the entire park.) One thing I noticed was how different the tiger looked in the wild; its body was streamlined and very healthy, quite different from the tigers you normally see in zoos.

Maybe, I’ll get you guys a better picture when we see our next tiger. 🙂

2 responses to “Our First Wild Tiger!”

  1. avatar evelyn says:

    are you sure this isn’t a photo you stuck in from wild animal park? 😉 seriously, though, i can’t imagine sitting on an elephant looking down on a resting wild male tiger! good luck with your next tiger sighting! i’m standing by. btw, i’m also very glad that you’re out of tibet now with all the riots and killings going on. knowing people who are so close to these terrifying events makes it all feel close to home…
    take care and stay well.

  2. avatar carrieannmarco says:

    It is sooo beautiful! Amazing! Ohhhh, I love these cats and have read what you have written more recently about their decreasing population. It makes me want to cry. The next tiger you see, blow him or her a kiss for me!!! Thank you for showing the very cool photo!
    Ohhhh, and…my boss asked me if I would want to guest lecture in India for a week. We shall see if the school actually sends me. I will keep you posted.
    LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! xoxoxo

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